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Fire Prevention/Planning

Maggie Valley Fire and Rescue encourages our community to allow us to achieve our mission, which is to protect the lives, property and environment of all people within Maggie Valley by preventing the occurrence and minimizing the adverse effects of fires, accidents and all other emergencies. Following these helpful tips may help prevent you from becoming a statistic. 

Carbon Monoxide 
  • ​Carbon monoxide (CO) is often called the "Invisible Killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
  • Improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel burning appliances, such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, generators and fireplaces, emit CO gases.
  • Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
  • An average of 430 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning.
  • Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know they are being exposed. 
  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
  • Initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are flu-like.

​Safety Tips

  • Home heating systems should be inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.
  • Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. 
  • Use generators outside only, far away from the home.
  • Never bring a charcoal grill into the house or garage for heating or cooking. 
  • Never use a gas range or oven for heating.
  • An open fireplace damper may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home.
  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness.
  • High level, CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, which include: mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and death.


​Smoke Detectors 
  • Working smoke alarms decrease the chances of dying in a home fire by 50%.
  • In today’s fires, families have an average of 2 minutes to get out of their homes once the smoke alarm sounds.
  • 120 fire deaths occurred across North Carolina in 2020, and in many of those homes did not have working smoke alarms.
  • 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths across the nation result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Dead batteries cause 25% of the smoke alarm failures; hardwired power source problems cause 7% of the failures. 

Safety Tips

  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home outside sleeping areas.  If bedroom doors are kept shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
  • Prepare and practice an escape plan – know at least two ways to get out of a room, crawl low under smoke and plan where to meet outside.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean by regularly vacuuming over and around it.  Dust and debris can interfere with the smoke alarms operation.
  • Install smoke alarms away from windows, doors, or ducts that can interfere with proper operation.
  • Never remove the battery from or disable a smoke alarm.  If your smoke alarm is sounding “nuisance alarms,” try moving it away from kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Home Escape Plans​ 
  • In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major fire. 
  • Fire can spread rapidly throughout your home, leaving as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Only 47% of families have developed and practiced a home, fire escape plan.
  • Every two and a half hours, someone is killed in a home fire. In a typical year, 20,000 people are injured in a home fire.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half.
  • Children and older adults are twice as likely to die in a home fire.
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Click here to make your own plan
  • ​Safety Tips
  • Draw your home floor plan.
  • Label all the rooms and identify the doors and windows. 
  • Identify if a ladder is needed.
  • Plan 2 escape routes from every room.
  • Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
  • Agree on a meeting place where everyone will gather after you have escaped.
  • 49% of home fires were caused by cooking.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the US.
  • 31% of reported home cooking fires and 48% of cooking fire deaths are a result of unattended equipment.
  • 66% of home cooking fires start from food or other cooking materials catching on fire.
  • Ranges or stovetops, account for almost 62% of home cooking fire occurrences.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

​Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. 
  • Always keep at least a 2.5 pound class ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen and near any open fire or grilling.
  • Set a timer to remind you of cooking times. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. 
  • Ensure a 3-foot, kid-free zone around your cooking area. 
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge and use the back burners when possible. 
  • When cooking, wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves. 
  • If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed.
  • Small grease fires should be extinguished by smothering the flames,
  • For oven fires, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. 
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have taken medication, drugs, or consumed alcohol. 
  • Plug the microwave directly into an outlet and do not use an extension cord that can overload the circuit.
  • If your clothes do catch fire, stop, drop, and roll!